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Missing Carteret County girl found safe in Florida

Posted September 26, 2012 7:21 p.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2012 9:24 p.m. EDT

— A missing 12-year-old Carteret County girl, who was allegedly abducted by a registered sex offender, was found safe Wednesday in Broward County, Fla., authorities said.

Timothy Howard Newman, who is suspected of abducting Abigale Faith Lefevers, was taken into custody by police in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

An Amber Alert was issued Monday for Lefevers after her father reported her missing from their Newport home. The girl had recently been in contact with Newman, 38, who was convicted in 2004 of sex crimes against children in Stokes County, investigators said.

Investigators said they believed Lefevers and Newman were heading to Florida, and expanded their search southward as time wore on without Lefevers being located. 

The Amber Alert was issued in North Carolina on Monday and expanded to South Carolina on Tuesday. That alert was canceled around lunchtime Wednesday when the focus shifted to Georgia.

Officers stopped Newman's red Chrysler Sebring near a Denny's restaurant off Interstate 95 around 6:30 p.m. and took him into custody, authorities said. The girl is safe with police.